Google announced on Wednesday that it would test letting android developers use their own billing system in their apps the first step in what could lead to a dramatic reshaping of the app economy.
However, epic games which has been a strong proponent for opening app market places and used Google after the search giant removed fortnite from Google play for including direct payments still is not happy. It plans to continue advocating for an app ecosystem that offers more choices according to a statement the company shared with the verge.
Apple and google continue to abuse their market power with policies that stifle innovation inflate prices and reduce consumer choice corie wright epic is VP of public policy said in the statement. One deal does not change the anticompetitive status quo.
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We will continue to fight for fair and open platform for all developers and consumers and work with policy makers and regulators to hold these gate keepers accountable for their anticompetitive conduct. Under Google is new pilot developer will be able to offer a billing option in addition to the standard Google play system.
However, spotify is currently the only known developers in the program and it is unclear who else may be participating or when it will be available more widely.
Epic not a part of the pilot epic spoke person elka look told the verge. She did not share whether epic rejected an offer or simply was not asked to participate. Rick van meter a spoke person for the condition for app fairness of which epic and spotify are members would not confirm were approached by Google.